This tour is filled with history, natural beauty and ancient sites. You will be presented with fabulous views of the west coast - Aegean Sea - and when you explore the remnants of ancient cities you will be able to imagine what life was like in historical times. You will come away with a deeper understanding of this old and beautiful place.
From your selected point, you'll be driven to the Old town (Medieval City - World Heritage Site) to see the most imposing buildings and get your photos from outside (Stop Photos).
You continue to the New Town to the entrance of the old harbour (Stop Visit Photos), the Church of the Annunciation (Stop Visit Photos) and the north point of the Island (Stop Photos)
The drive continues 48 km / 30 miles south west of the Island to Ancient Kamiros, once a thriving Doric city during the 5th century BC. Kamiros retains much of its historic past, if you enjoy ruins you will not be disappointed by the atmospheric site of Kamiros. The Agora Square, the Temple of Pythian Apollo, the Fountain Square, the Sanctuary dedicated to the Gods and Heroes of Kamiros, the Baths-House, the Main Street, the Houses, and more... On the Acropolis you can see the remains of the Temple of Athena Kameiras, and the remains of the large Stoa and the Archaic Cistern (water reservoir), also you can enjoy a panoramic view over the Aegean Sea and the surrounding agricultural area (Stop Visit Photos)
On the way back you visit the Valley of the Butterflies - we drive you to the upper gate so you can walk down the valley easier. Here you can witness a spectacular phenomenon which occurs only rarely in nature. Huge numbers of butterflies congregate in this small valley during the final stage of their life cycle (mid-June to mid-September). Actually you are permanently surrounded by butterflies camouflaging themselves against the tree trunks as you walk through the valley. Wooden bridges and paths will guide you through the rich vegetation of this rare biotope (Stop Visit Photos)
We visit a small Greek traditional winery, here you have the opportunity to taste a selection of locally produced wines. As well as you get your pictures of the aging facilities. (Stop Visit Photos – Free Wine Tasting)
Then we will travel up to Filerimos mountain, is a marvellous panoramic view, we come to the ruins of the Acropolis of the Ancient Ialyssos. The plateau of Filerimos rises nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. Here you'll visit the Church of Our Lady, built upon the foundations of the ancient temple of Athena of early Christian times. You'll also see the exterior of the monastery and the barrel-vaulted Chapel of St. George. On the right hand side there is a beautiful tree sheltered pathway the "Way of the Cross" This is a series of shrines with relief scenes of the Passion, which leads from the main square to the west edge of the plateau to the 16 meter / 48 feet cross, from which you can enjoy a stunning view. (Stop Visit Photos)
On the way back we drive up the hillside to Monte Smith, Acropolis of Rhodes City, which offers a panoramic view of the city, the Temple of Apollo, the Hellenistic Stadium, and the Ancient Theater. (Stop Visit Photos)
Upon returning to Rhodes Town, you may choose to be dropped back to your hotel or back to your ship, or near the city gates of the Old Town for independent browsing. You would then be responsible for your own return to the ship on foot, which will be docked approximately a quarter mile away.
(Stop Photos) = Stop and get out of the car for photos from outside of the Sight/building
(Stop Visit Photos) = Stop and visit - go inside the sight/building for photos
Private Tour Activity Level: Moderate
Private Tour Vehicle: Sedan Car Mercedes Benz - hold 4 passengers comfortably, plus the driver ()
Private Tour Driver: English speaking knowledgeable tour/driver specialize in Private Tours
Private Tour Start Time: 8:30 AM. Or later
If you are a Cruise Ship Passenger - depend on your cruise ship dock time. If the ship arrives late into port, we'll adjust our schedules, and the rental time will start from the moment you meet your tour/driver
Private Tour Meeting Point: Hotel / Port / Airport (Meeting point varies depending on option booked)
Private Tour Extensions: You can extend or change the itinerary of this private tour adding the highlights and landmarks you want to visit. You can also add lunch time or beach time (June to September).
Q: How much is the entrance fee in Ancient Kamiros?
A: Entrance fee is 6 euro per person.
Q: Are there Butterflies all the time? - And are there opening times there too that we might have to take into consideration?
A: There are Butterflies only during their season, from mid-June to mid-September. The Valley is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Q: How long time we need to pass through the "Valley of the Butterflies"? How much is the entrance fee?
A: Actually it’s a hillside not a valley, with two gates, the Main Gate (lower gate) and the Secondary Gate (upper gate). You can have a quick look using the main gate (lower gate) for around 10 min, but if you want to climb up there is approximately 60 min of walking time (up and down). We drive our clients to the Secondary Gate (upper gate) so they can walk down easier (one way 30 - 40 min).
Entrance fee: Low season 3 Euros per person / High season 5 Euro per person / kids under 12 years old free
Q: How much are the entrance fees to Acropolis and the monastery of Ialyssos?
A: No entrance fee to Acropolis, to monastery is 6 euro per person.
Q: How much is the entrance fee in Acropolis of Rhodes / Monte Smith?
A: No entrance fee, it's open sight
Q: How long does it take a walk back to our ship from the gate near the Palace of Grand Master and the Archaeological Museum?
A: Usually it takes less than 10 min, however, you can do it as long as you wish, enjoying a nice walk through the Old Town.
Q: What is Rhodes known for, in terms of food / beverage and souvenirs? What's the one thing we shouldn't miss?
A:, Wines, and the famous handmade .
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